GUEST OPINION by George Tsoukas, ANZ Manager, Gigamon: New technology always brings a host of worries about its negative potential, and 5G is no different. Although there are many legitimate 5G security concerns to address and discuss, it’s worth first clarifying the false claim that 5G causes health problems.
Telstra and TPG Telecom have claimed an Austraian-first, working together to re-stack their mobile network spectrum holdings, offering customers in Adelaide, Brisbane, Canberra, Darwin, Hobart and Perth what they say delivers a better network experience, including improved speeds.
The new 5G mmWave spectrum will "power 5G fixed wireless and super-fast 5G mobile", and with Optus, Telstra, Dense Air Australia and Pentanet winning mmWave spectrum, the future for Australia is super fast.
Optus states it is continuing to build a world-class 5G network which will be made even better with the acquisition of a range of new licences in the 26GHz spectrum band.
Telstra has announced it has secured 1000 MHz in the 26 GHz spectrum auction, investing $277 million to further extend its leadership in 5G now - and into the future.
As reported earlier by iTWire, Australia's Federal Communications Minister, Paul Fletcher, has said 2021 will be "the year of 5G" with the first allocation of mmWave 26Ghz 5G due in April to complement already available 5G services from Telstra, Optus and Vodafone.
Communications Minister Paul Fletcher says next year will be the year of 5G in Australia as the Federal Government has scheduled allocations of both high-band and low-band spectrum for use by 5G services.
Competitiveness, national security, access to services and the efficient deployment of new networks and technologies are among the priorities outlined by the Federal Gvernment in its statement of expecations given to the competition regulator, the ACCC, as part of the Commission’s oversight of Australia’s telecommunications industry.
Telstra and Ericsson say they've set a new network speed record, achieving peak download speeds of 4.2Gbps on a 5G mmWave data call using 800MHz of spectrum capability.
Australia’s telecommunications regulator the Australian Communications and Media Authority (ACMA) has released its research program for the 2020 to 2021 financial year, with its primary focus on consideration of how current and future developments in the communications and media landscape will impact public interest outcomes and its regulatory role.
Bidding limits for Australia’s next 5G spectrum auction, which is scheduled to occur in March 2021, have been announced by the Federal Government.
The Australian Government has set out its policy objectives for the allocation of two spectrum bands as part of its program to support the delivery of “world class” telecommunications services nationally.
Ericsson says the move towards commercial Spectrum Sharing continues to gather pace with a 5G smartphone from Chinese manufacturer OPPO now added to its 5G ecosystem, and successfully tested with a transglobal 5G data call in live commercial 5G networks involving Telstra, Qualcomm Technologies and Swissscom.
The Australian Government has commenced the process in preparation for the auction of 2.4 GHz of essential spectrum in the mmWave 26 GHz band to support a “fast and efficient” rollout of a 5G network across Australia.
Australia’s Academic and Research Network (AARNet) has launched live high-bandwidth services delivering more than one Terabit per second for research and education on its spectrum of the new Indigo subsea cable system connecting Sydney, Perth and Singapore.
The pricing introduced by NBN Co in the last six months has led to the cost of basic NBN plans becoming an affordability issue for Australians on lower incomes, the chairman of the Australian Competition and Consumer Commission, Rod Sims, says.
Australia’s second largest telco Optus has acquired new regional licences for its customers in the 3.6 GHz spectrum band, earmarking them for the delivery of its 5G telecommunications services.
Nokia and NBN Co, the company building Australia’s national broadband network, have announced another "significant milestone" in their partnership, with the deployment of the first G.fast-capable Distribution Point Units onto the NBN.
It is critical that the rollout of 5G in Australia is done in a way that promotes competition and works for the benefit of consumers, according to the chief of the competition watchdog, Rod Sims.
New Zealand’s largest telco Spark says it is on track to start providing 5G services to consumers and businesses from 2020, following the success of trials of the technology.
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